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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Brett Heckman and Lindsay Hoffman

The engagement of Lindsay Hoffman, Palmerton, to Brett Heckman, also of Palmerton, has been announced by the couple.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mitch and Linda Kleintop of Palmerton, and Frank and Jen Hoffman of Nesquehoning.

She is a graduate of Carbon County Area Vocational Technical School and is employed by Subway.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Barry Heckman Sr. of Lehighton, and Cheryl Heckman of Palmerton. He is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School and is employed by Blue Ridge Pressure Casting.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Q. What is a taste disorder?

There are several types of taste disorders. You can have a persistent bad taste in the mouth. This is called a dysgeusia. Some people have hypogeusia, or the reduced ability to taste. Others can't detect taste at all, which is called ageusia. People with taste disorders experience a specific ageusia of one or more of the five taste categories: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory.

The most common complaint is "phantom taste perception," which is tasting something that isn't there.

Monday, April 23, 2012
 Looking like two Mexican Vaqueros, Hayden Lynd (left) and Johnathon Fickentscher helped educate visitors to their school's Multicultural Night about our neighbor nation to the South.

The cafeteria of the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe was standing-room only, thanks to a large turnout of visitors to the school's recent Multicultural Night.

The cafeteria was filled with many colorful displays and items of interest from countries all over the globe, created by seventh-grade students.

Each of these projects overflowed with facts, figures, photographs, flags, maps, recipes, and something that was a real crowd-pleaser, samples of ethnic foods distinctive to each country.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A daughter, Adalyn Rae, was born at 9:33 p.m. April 16 at Geisinger Medical Center to Thomas and Amy Moyer of Coaldale.

She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandmother is Debbie Holter of Berwick.

Paternal grandparents are Thomas and Evelyn Moyer.

Monday, April 23, 2012

James Shawn Sharpley and Melissa Ann Ernst, 332 S. Second St., Lehighton.

James Francis Urban and Marlene Marie Kutza, 51 High St., Coaldale.

Thomas John Ellis Jr. and Melisa Medina, 342 Fawn Circle, Jim Thorpe.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania supports children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties.

It was formed in 1955 by a group of parents seeking public education for their children with these disabilities.

There are approximately 850 local chapters of The Arc across the United States and is the largest organization dedicated to these individuals and their families.

Its programs range from:

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Rita Palko shares a dance with her brother, Gabe Palko, at The Arc Northeastern Pennsylvania's monthly dance at Nesquehoning Recreation Center and they wonder if it could be the last dance.

Gabriel Palko couldn't wait for Friday night. He was going to a dance. You see, Gabe loves to dance. He loves hanging out with his friends. He can't think of anything he likes better than that after a hard day's work at CTC Manufacturing, Inc.

He dressed with care in a nice clean shirt and was ready to dance the night away.

When the DJ began playing the first song, 67-year-old Gabe was right there on the dance floor, front and center, with his arms around his favorite dancing partner, his sister, Rita Palko.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Black Diamond Writers' Network will host its annual Write it Right writers' conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce building, 91 S. Progress Ave., Pottsville.

Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent is the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Autumn Jordon, Faith Reese Martin, Patricia C. Gallagher, Terry Webb, Phil Giunta and Sara Hodon.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater will present its annual Spring Short Play Production this weekend in conjunction with Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua.

Entitled "Life in New York City," the production offers six short plays, some of which capture a snippet of life in the big city.

Combining the talent and missions of two local organizations seems to be a natural and practical fit, says Jonathan M. Rodgers, president of the CSCT.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Coordinators of the Grace St. Paul's United Methodist Church Rose Breakfast with this years Guest Speaker. From left, Barbara Mumma, Suzanne Geiss and Dottie Mumma.

On Saturday, women gathered at Grace St. Paul's United Methodist Church, located in Penn Forest Township, for their annual Rose Breakfast. The Rose Breakfast is an ecumenical event for women to gather together for breakfast, fellowship, music and to listen to a special guest speaker.

Around 65 women, from eight different churches in Carbon County and surrounding areas, attended the event.

This year's speaker was Suzanne Geiss of Schwenksville.